D+20 Politics of Armageddon: Chebrikov’s Request

The first members of the Politburo to return to Moscow were the members belonging to the Defense Council. This group of men arrived at the Kremlin shortly after 2:00 AM local time and went directly into conference with the General Secretary. Over the next six hours, the rest of the Politburo members, full and candidate, …

Politics of Armageddon: Intermission

NEACP-Primary landed back at Andrews AFB at 1303 hours local time, roughly twenty-five hours after the aircraft had departed from the base. As President Reagan and a contingent of his advisers and Cabinet secretaries deplaned, other senior members of the US government remained outside the District of Columbia and would remain so for the duration. …

The Politics of Global War: A Crucial Day in Moscow Part IV

The KGB Chairman revealed the deceit and fraudulence in the Defense Minister’s reports from earlier in the afternoon, as well as those from previous days. Yazov had knowingly sugarcoated the facts to make them more palatable. His motivation was simple; Buy time until the fortunes of the Soviet military were reversed. Yazov, for whatever reason, …

The Politics of Global War: The Eve of Disintegration Part II

Poland Civilian demonstrations resumed on the morning of 26 July, 1987 in greater numbers than the previous day. Thousands of people turned out in almost every major city in the country. The audacity of the crowds was on full display as well. Buildings that housed government offices were ransacked and in some cases set ablaze. …

The Politics of Global War: The Eve of Disintegration Part I

When the day dawned, the future of the Warsaw Pact was very much in question. The root causes of the unrest spreading across many Eastern European satellites were centered on Moscow’s control of these nation’s political organs and influence over their societies. The majority of East Germans, Czechoslovakians and Poles had been dissatisfied for decades …